Family lawyer, family attorney, family law firm, criminal lawyer, Sarasota County, Bradenton, Desoto, Pinellas, Manatee County, Florida.

1800 2nd Street, Suite 882, Sarasota, Florida 34236
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When dealing with a relocation, the Court primarily looks to determine what whether the move is in the best interest of the child. If you are pursuing relocation, you must prove that you are relocating for the best interest of the child and not to prevent the other parent from seeing a child or as retaliation.


 The Court will also take into consideration numerous other facts that will influence the decision on whether the requesting parent will be permitted to relocate with the minor child. As part of the best interest of the child, as the requesting parent you must also:

  •     Provide as much time as possible to the non-moving parent or providing as close to the current time time-sharing schedule as possible.
  •     Provide all information regarding where the child will be staying if the Court permits the move, including the address and phone number.
  •     Providing and being responsible for open access to the Internet and open communication.
  •      Potentially accept the full burden of transportation to/from the other parent.
  •     Take extra steps to ensure that the other parent's relationship is not negatively affected by the move.

 It is important to remember that the parent wishing to relocate has the burden to demonstrate that the move is in your child's best interest. The burden of the best interest is first on the parent requesting the relocation, then the other parent will have the opportunity to present evidence and testimony that the move is not in the best interest of the child.


The Court does not make a presumption as to whether the move is in the best interest of the child; this determination is made through testimony and evidence at the relocation hearing.


Contact our office to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your options on relocating with your child.

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